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Attention Living Faith & Living Hope!  Many of the people in our church know the Bible fairly well and are able to place themselves in the narrative when we share something…but this is not the case for our region.  According to the most recent Barna Survey for the “Bible-mindedness” of cities in America – Providence is ranked last and Albany is second to last.

Here is a link to the report.  This study speaks to the number of people who:

report reading the Bible in a typical week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches are considered to be Bible-minded. This definition captures action and attitude—those who both engage and esteem the Christian scriptures. The rankings thus reflect an overall openness or resistance to the Bible in the country’s largest markets.

So new folks that come into our church may not know what we mean when we say certain terms, reference certain things, etc.  I don’t think we need to change our Bible focus to accommodate people who don’t have this, but we need to be mindful of the world around us.  We certainly need to make sure do not talk down the spirit-inspired and God-preserved Scripture.  It should be our go-to guide for teaching people about our great God and helping them know and observe all that Jesus commanded.  And we want to ensure that people hear the gospel and receive the spirit so this sacred text may come alive to them.

The fields are white.

3 Responses to “PVD & ALB: Least Bible-Minded Cities”

  1. on 30 Jan 2013 at 10:47 amSean

    Victor,

    How ironic is it that the two cities in which we serve have the lowest bible-mindedness quotients? Thanks for sharing this. It is really fascinating and goes to show we can not expect new comers to have much familiarity with the Scriptures. I’m going to lead off with this survey in my sermon this Sunday.

  2. on 30 Jan 2013 at 1:55 pmTim (aka Antioch)

    I can’t help but notice there is considerable overlap with the red/blue state political map.

  3. on 30 Jan 2013 at 6:25 pmtimothy

    Sean,

    Of what irony do you speak?

    Romans 10:13-15 (KJV)
    13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

    14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

    15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

    1 Corinthians 15: (kjv)
    34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

    I recall the original discipleship:

    John 20: (kjv)
    19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews,……..

    1 John 4:18
    There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

    At pentecost, Peter received spirit of truth into manifestation and no longer was full of fear:

    2 Timothy 1:7 (kjv)
    7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

    Here is the man, that weeks before was hiding out behind closed doors.

    Acts 2: (kjv)
    14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

    22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

    23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

    24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

    37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

    38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.(notice that there is no water mentioned and they, 3000 souls, were crowded together at the temple)

    My senor pastor can share about, fearless candor, witnessing in 1972.

    My personal opinion is that monotheism(rather than all the “ians”) is enough and focus should be on Warwick and Latham and this blog rather than starting another religion/denomination.

    My personal opinion is that LHCC/LHIM has the most right cut doctrine and in and as a figure Matthew 6:1…..is being avoided(figuratively) by any more than dedicating a child, ordination and/or the marriage commitment.

    One out of two marriages end in divorce. We have the parable of the sower teaching how to stay in the race. A public display of making a commitment does not guarentee anything. Sincerity is no guarentee of truth. Earnestness is no guarantee of truth, as passiveness is no guarantee of error.

    Timothy

  

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